Vermont native killed in Texas had to participate in bicycle race

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“We thank everyone for their expressions of love and support for us during this difficult time,” Wilson’s parents, Eric and Karen, said in a statement included in a Saturday Facebook post from Riverside School, a private school in Lyndonville, Vt., which Wilson attended. “While the tragic loss of Moriah is unfathomable, at the same time we want everyone to join us in celebrating his life, his accomplishments and his love for others.”

Officers and paramedics who arrived at the scene took lifesaving action, police said, but Wilson succumbed to his injuries.

“Detectives have identified a person of interest,” the police statement said. “There is no reason to suspect any threats to the public, and the shooting does not appear to be a random act.”

An Austin police spokesperson said Wednesday the department had “no updates on this matter at this time.”

Wilson graduated from Dartmouth in 2019 and skied for the varsity team, according to her sports biography on the team’s website.

Additionally, the biography noted that both of Wilson’s parents are former members of the US Ski Team and that Wilson participated in the National Spanish Honors Society and the Cum Laude Society and enjoyed cycling and playing ball. piano.

John Dwyer, women’s alpine ski coach at Dartmouth, said Wednesday that Wilson was an ideal teammate.

“The Wilson family has deep roots in northern New England skiing and Moriah is the product of their upbringing, which is what Eric and Karen did so well, we feel their pain,” Dwyer said via email. . “Moriah was the best teammate one could ask for. She was kind, driven and extremely focused on being the best skier she could be and had fun doing it. She was so respected and admired by everyone in Dartmouth and in the community of East Burke that she made everyone around her a better person.Our hearts go out to the Wilson family.

Wilson had more recently documented his competitive cycling events online via Instagram and Substack.

“It was exciting to line up with this incredible group of runners – from all disciplines – to kick off the @lifetimegrandprix series,” Wilson posted April 10 on Instagram after a race. “There’s a lot to be said for how the race went – it was so dynamic and exciting.”

Officials at Burke Mountain Academy, a varsity preparatory school for competitive skiers based in East Burke, Vermont, from which Wilson graduated in 2014, remembered her in recent statements as a student athlete. diligent and appreciated.

“The entire Burke Mountain Academy community is devastated to learn of the passing of Moriah Wilson ’14,” said school principal Willy Booker. “…Moriah was an inspiration to our community, and his death at a time when his sporting star seemed so assuredly on the rise only amplifies the deep sense of loss associated with a great life that ended. way too soon.”

Booker’s words were echoed by former school principal Kirk Dwyer, who said Wilson’s father was a longtime coach at Burke and that Wilson grew up skiing in Burke’s weekend program. school.

“We all share a deep sense of sadness and loss over Moriah’s death,” Dwyer said. “Our hearts go out to Matt, Karen, Eric, all of his family and close friends. Moriah was an inextricable part of BMA, a deep-seated Burkie.

Dwyer said he recently “followed Moriah’s accomplishments as Eric spoke about how excited she was about her cycling results and her move into the pros. Looking at his photos and videos, one description that comes to mind is incandescent. Moriah has grown into a dynamic, confident and proud young woman, pursuing her passion and living her life to the fullest.

Riverside School, a private school in Lyndonville, Vermont, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade that Wilson attended before enrolling at Burke, paid tribute to him this weekend on the Facebook page from school.

Riverside’s statement included remarks from Wilson’s parents, Eric and Karen.

They said “Moriah would like the event to continue, for her compatriots to test their limits, as she would have been alongside her friends on the race course. We hope everyone feels their passion and support as they pursue their own dreams.

The Wilsons said, “The spirit of their daughter will be there with all of you, in practice and every race day. Always pushing relentlessly to achieve her goals, we knew she was pursuing what she loved. We will miss her terribly and know that we all mourn her with us.

Steve Anner of Globe staff contributed to this report.


Travis Andersen can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.

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